Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Simple Greenbul (Chlorocichla simplex)


French: Bulbul modeste German: Hartlaubbülbül Spanish: Bulbul sencillo

Trichophorus simplex


, 1855,

River Boütry, Ghana




SE Guinea-Bissau E to extreme SE South Sudan and W Uganda, S to N Angola and C & CE DRCongo.

Descriptive notes

c. 21 cm; male 41–54·5 g, female 40–49 g. A large greenbul with conspicuous white throat and white eyering. Has blackish lores, some indistinct paler streaking on... read more


Song a subdued nasal chattering of 8–12 notes, starting quietly and increasing in volume,... read more


Thick bush of various sorts, including orchard-bush, dense shrubs in savanna, thickets, gallery... read more

Food and feeding

Fruit, including particularly Solanum, also Rauwolfia, Trema, palms and red peppers; also seeds; also arthropods... read more


Nesting recorded in Mar in Sierra Leone, Feb and Apr (also nest-building Jul, Dec) in Ghana, Jan and Jun–Sept in Nigeria, Jan, Mar,... read more


Sedentary, at least in Gabon.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Widespread, and locally common to abundant. This species’ propensity for occupying anthropogenic habitats means that it is unlikely to become of... read more

Recommended citation

Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2019). Simple Greenbul (Chlorocichla simplex). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 21 August 2019).